Features

Projects and full-length essays.

  1. Dyer Lum on the Civil and Mormon Wars

    An overly simplified theory of the relationship between slavery, Mormon cooperatives, and capitalism with application to some interesting events in American history.

  2. On Camels, Liberal Myths, and Ferguson

    My commentary on an aspect of the unrest in Ferguson from what I consider to be a Christian perspective. I examine two reactions to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and identify the liberal myths they reveal. I also make some theoretical speculations about the purpose of both the establishment calls for 'peaceful protest' and the practice of murderous policing. I conclude with a brief look at the benefits of looting.

  3. Loving v. Utah and Mormonism's Embarrassing Saga of Marital Policy

    A look at Utah's fight over Amendment 3 including its parallels to Loving v. Virginia and the Mormon Church's unenviable position as it once again finds itself clinging to an antiquated notion of marriage.

  4. When Police Kill the Homeless

    When police kill the homeless, they often do so with impunity. I've tagged this entry as a 'feature' due to the magnitude of its length more so than of its quality, but it does probe an important issue at the nexus of my libertarian and anti-capitalist motivations. It is my first (and rough) attempt at applying some ideas from the first volume of Agamben's Homer Sacer to the criminalization of homelessness (following Feldman's lead).

  5. Why I Don't Vote

    Remembering Saint Max on this All Saints' Day: A spooky explanation of why I don't vote from an individualist's perspective.

Weblog

Shorter thoughts and commentary.

  1. Dyer Lum on the Civil and Mormon Wars

    An overly simplified theory of the relationship between slavery, Mormon cooperatives, and capitalism with application to some interesting events in American history.

  2. Charlie Hebdo in History: A Few Contextual Notes on its Origins

    The first article in a series on the Charlie Hebdo murders takes a brief look at the history of the magazine and especially the social and political crises from which it emerged.

  3. Oops: American Cynic Quality Control

    I've twice published incomplete draft articles in the past few weeks. Some tips for using this site's atom feeds.

  4. Eight Outdoor Homeless Deaths During 2014 in Boulder, CO, Where it is Illegal to Use a Blanket for Warmth

    Happy New Year

  5. The 'Left Behind' Series is Evil, Anti-Christian Crap

    My review of Fred Clark's review of the Left Behind book series. (No, I have not read the entirety of either.)